Pacific Blue Fin Tuna on the west coast.

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Re: Pacific Blue Fin Tuna on the west coast.

Postby Woody » Mon Aug 31, 2015 12:00 pm

I spent some time commercial fishing for these boys. The thrill of hooking one and dragging it in never diminishes. lost plenty too!
I was impressed with your mates vessel. You should have gutted and gilled then iced it in a slurry straight away though, to get best care of the meat. Ones we caught recreationally and / or did not sell, were sashimied or bottled, just like tinned salmon.
Thanks for the post VC. Brought back lots of memories.
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Re: Pacific Blue Fin Tuna on the west coast.

Postby veitnamcam » Mon Aug 31, 2015 12:19 pm

The flesh of the backsteak if you will is superp eating.

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Re: Pacific Blue Fin Tuna on the west coast.

Postby Woody » Mon Aug 31, 2015 2:18 pm

Yep, it would be. However, if you get another, and bleed it, gut and gill it, and slurry it immediately, the most delicious of all is the belly meat. It has the highest fat content and is the most prized part of the flesh, but also the most delicate. We had to take great care not to bruise the belly as we landed fish before killing them. Our aim was to complete this process in under 1 minute if at all possible, to get the best price in Japan.
Regardless VC, your catch is a great one and I hope you can succeed again another time.

One trick we used when there were quite a few big fish about and when we did not have a longline out, was to drop a series of baited 30 ft dropper lines each attached to large buoys around a feeding workup. Empty containers were no good because the fish were so powerful they could take a 20 litre container deep enough to implode it, so we had to fill them with a styrene mix so they remained buoyant. Sometimes it would take several minutes for a hooked fish to return close enough to the surface for us to spot and then chase the buoy. Anything less than 20 litre capacity buoy was a waste of time and the rope and dropper trace had to be very strong. We had some exciting chases in these circumstances. Sometimes sharks became a problem, attacking hooked fish, but it happens regardless of the catch method. It gets hard to like sharks when you see them destroying 2-10 grand in front of your eyes.
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Re: Pacific Blue Fin Tuna on the west coast.

Postby Dundee » Mon Aug 31, 2015 3:23 pm

Brilliant report VC. And what a fish! :o
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Re: Pacific Blue Fin Tuna on the west coast.

Postby Rushy » Mon Aug 31, 2015 6:29 pm

Dundee wrote:Brilliant report VC. And what a fish! :o

Imagine hooking up a trout like that Dundee. It would haul your arse all the way to the coast.
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Re: Pacific Blue Fin Tuna on the west coast.

Postby Packhorse » Mon Aug 31, 2015 7:11 pm

Well done VC. I'm no fisherman but that's pretty impressive


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Re: Pacific Blue Fin Tuna on the west coast.

Postby Sakokid » Mon Sep 07, 2015 7:57 pm

Wicked trip cam....outstanding fish
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Re: Pacific Blue Fin Tuna on the west coast.

Postby dynastar27 » Thu Sep 17, 2015 8:48 am

fark thats huge

what size is the trailer ??
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Re: Pacific Blue Fin Tuna on the west coast.

Postby veitnamcam » Thu Sep 17, 2015 10:38 am

I dunno what size the trailer is but it is a tandam.

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Re: Pacific Blue Fin Tuna on the west coast.

Postby Rushy » Thu Sep 17, 2015 1:14 pm

dynastar27 wrote:fark thats huge

what size is the trailer ??

You hire trailers for a living and you have to ask that? Sheesh! Young fellas these days. Ha ha ha ha.
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